When we say IIRP alumni are change agents, we know what that really means.
It’s that they are so knowledgeable and compassionate upon graduation they can see things no one else does and walk into situations with the answers. Our alumni understand that for real change to happen, it has to come from a vision and responsibility that's shared by all stakeholders.
Our alumni can walk into a room and ask the right questions, employing a reliable process that engages people in the right conversations. They know that this process will help everyone discover answers together, and that these answers have a better chance of enduring when the going gets tough.
Working in underfunded schools or economically disadvantaged communities, IIRP alumni are skilled in helping children and adults not just speak up against something, but find a way to stand together, discover their power and resources and create positive change.
In courts and probation settings, alumni work with individuals who have been harmed, those that cause the harm, and those who have been impacted by others’ crimes to foster empathy and identify what needs to change to keep people safe and make things right.
In business settings and political arenas, our alumni know how to model constructive and honest conflict, build relationships and develop the social capital to hold people accountable for their actions and achieve results.
Benefits for IIRP alumni
- Professional support and job postings on IIRP Graduate School Community LinkedIn group
- 15% registration discount to the IIRP’s World Conferences
- Lifetime subscription to IIRP’s Restorative Works Magazine
- Free Trainings of Trainers (TOTs) (normally $1,800 each) to help alumni bring IIRP-licensed training to their organization or locale.
- Invitations to alumni gatherings and events
Class of 2010
Director of Family Court Services, Glen County, California
City Councilor, Chico, California
Tami Ritter was an administrator working in offender treatment services and felt a disconnect between the way the program was run and the people it served. “Everything was being done to them, and it was obvious they felt like the victims,” explains Tami. She realized that this prevented from them taking accountability for their actions.
Class of 2011
University of Pennsylvania Interfaith Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice
Nonprofit Founder & President
Kameelah Rashad is working to bridge differences between people of diverse cultures as the Interfaith Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Class of 2013
Multi-System Therapy (MST) Supervisor
Michelle Jarrouj-Weaver was working with delinquent and at-risk adolescents and wanted to further her career and enhance her practice. She felt instinctively that merely punishing young people wasn’t the way to help them change. “Instead of telling them they did wrong, you need to hear them out, let them think about what they did and learn from it.”
Class of 2014
High School English & Leadership Teacher
Maple Shade, New Jersey
After earning a master’s in Educational Leadership and passing the administration PRAXIS, Jessica Zimmerman’s goal was to become a school administrator. “However, I knew that I needed something to set me apart from other potential administrators,” she says. “Restorative practices was the way for me to improve my leadership skills while also creating an inclusive classroom community.”
Class of 2015
Pastor, Community Leader
Tom Albright already had a master’s degree and a seminary ministry certificate when he read the IIRP Graduate School’s brochure. He thought their philosophy and goals might help him be more effective in his community. Now everything in his work and life is shaped by the principles of restorative practices.
Class of 2017
Music Therapist — Prisons, Juvenile Detentions Centers & Orphanages
Trinidad & Tobago
Working in challenging settings in her home country of Trinidad & Tobago, Keisha Martinez needed to supplement her practice as a music therapist. Restorative practices have provided the missing piece, enabling her to effectively address the most difficult situations.
Class of 2017
Student and Family Services Adminstrator
Kevin Jones is “a truly selfless individual, who never fails to see hope and possibility in all children, despite what challenges they have." That’s what the judges wrote about Kevin when presenting him with the Martin Luther King. Jr., Human Relations Award, from the Bloomington, Indiana, Human Relations Committee, on January 14, 2017.